High tide warnings as 19 people told to move away from seafront during stormy weather
PUBLISHED: 12:00 26 August 2016
More than a dozen people risked their lives and faced being swept into the 'vicious' sea as strong winds and 8ft-high waves battered Weston-super-Mare's seafront over the weekend.
The coastguard had to order nearly 20 people to move away from places where they had put themselves at risk of being swept away or injured by rocks and debris hidden beneath the breaking waves.
Police cordoned off Marine Lake on Saturday night as the town was hit by nearly gale-force winds – and a large-scale search got underway in hazardous conditions for two people who were spotted entering the sea.
The RNLI and coastguard are now warning people to stay away from the coast when the waves are crashing over the seafront defences, as six people died in stormy weather across the UK.
A large-scale search got underway at 10.50pm on Saturday, involving the RNLI, coastguard, police and rescue helicopter.
The town faces even higher tides in September and October, where there could be even greater danger if it coincides with strong winds.
Weston RNLI spokesman Glyn Hayes said: “A lot of people don’t realise how vicious the sea can be and how you cannot anticipate when a big wave is going to come.
“The only answer is to keep well away from it.
“The next high water will be in September and October, and it will be even higher and more dangerous if the wind is blowing like this time.”